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Sept. 27 & Oct. 4, 2011
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Citizen Input Meetings
Appointment to Board of Health
Changes Will Save Time and Money
What's the Latest on the Major Thoroughfare Plan
October Proclaimed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Citizen Input Meetings
Join the Board of County Commissioners at one of its Citizen Input meetings.

The BCC will give a presentation on current county issues and then spend the rest of the evening taking questions and comments from the audience.
 

Tuesday, October 11

Buchanan Park Recreation Center

32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen

7 - 8:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, October 20

Peak Community and Wellness Center

6612 South Ward Street, Littleton

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Appointment to Board of Health

The Board of County Commissioner, at its Oct. 4 hearing, approved the appointment of Linda Reiner to the Jefferson County Board of Health. She will complete the term of Cathy Corcoran, who resigned. The term expires on March 13, 2013.

 

The Board of Health governs the Jefferson County Public Health Department and is responsible for making policies and decisions that will help promote health and prevent disease in the county. 

Changes Will Save Time and Money

At its Sept. 27 hearing, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved amendment changes to the Zoning Resolution and the Land Development Regulation that will give the Director of Planning & Zoning the authorization to waive certain format requirements for Official Development Plans (ODP) and Special Use Documents.

 

The changes are not eliminating the original ODP requirements, but allowing Planning and Zoning to waive requirements when appropriate. An example of this is when a property owner comes to the county to learn more about his property and finds out part of it is zoned incorrectly. What would seem like a simple change can actually be quite a lengthy process. By statute, staff can't authorize the change, and it has to go before the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners.

 

Prior to the Zoning Resolution changes, the landowners in these smaller cases would have to fulfill all the requirements just like the large developments. This would include creating an ODP that was 24 by 36 inches in mylar, a plastic material, and it would include detailed written restriction descriptions and a graphic of the property. The average homeowner is not able to create these documents on his own and often times has to hire a consultant, adding to his costs.

 

Depending on the case, the Planning and Zoning Director will now have the option to waive the size requirement, allowing a 8.5 x 11 inch document not in mylar, and the need for the graphic. These cases can be handled quickly by staff and the applicant, keeping costs down for landowners and saving staff time by cutting down on the back and forth with the more complicated ODPs that are not necessary for these simple cases. These smaller ODPs will still have to go to the Planning Commission and BCC for approval.

What's the Latest on the Major Thoroughfare Plan?

At the Sept. 27 staff briefings, the commissioners reviewed proposed updates on the Major Thoroughfare Plan (MTP).

 

The MTP is part of the Comprehensive Master Plan and supports the various community plans. It identifies roadways that are currently built or are proposed to be built to support existing and future land uses. The county uses the MTP as a guide for long-range, capital-improvement-program planning as well as for evaluating road improvements and right-of-way needs for development proposals.

 

Periodically staff updates the plan so that it reflects the most current information and direction for both the county and the municipalities in Jeffco. The last revision was adopted in September 2004.

 

Proposed changes include adding Jefferson Parkway from State Highway 128 to State Highway 93 with the related interchanges.

 

Another change is the addition of a new template for major collector roads/streets. This category is intended for areas where the minor arterial street template, which consists of a minimum of four lanes plus turn lanes, would be too impactful to the surrounding area or where the roadway likely won't carry that volume of traffic to justify that classification. As a result, several roads have been downgraded from minor arterials to major collectors. An example is Golden Road from Ulysses Street to Indiana Street. This is in a commercial area where obtaining the right-of-way would be difficult, and the road works well as a three-lane road.

 

The proposed changes also have additions of major collectors to improve consistency. Some examples include Quaker Street from 80th Avenue to 72nd Avenue, and McIntyre Street from State Highway 58 to 32nd Avenue.

 

The next step will be to take the revised MTP to the Planning Commission for adoption.  
October Proclaimed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

At its Oct. 4 hearing, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) proclaimed October 2011 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is a serious crime that touches the lives of people of all ages, leaving a devastating impact on women, men and children of every background and circumstance.

 

Since the 1994 passage of the Violence Against Women Act, the nation has strengthened its response to this crime and increased services for victims. Yet, many families are still affected by domestic violence.

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an opportunity to "Be the Voice" for victims in Jeffco by supporting organizations that provide advocacy, resources and education to those facing social isolation.

 

The BCC urges all citizens to participate in awareness month activities, while educating themselves about the impact of domestic violence. This month, remember the victims, celebrate the survivors and work together to end violence. 

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